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Carl Gielow
 

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I have never been able to figure out how to send my images over the internet and perceive that as a problem if I sign up for the Member Gallery. Would you be able to send me detailed instructions in how after I size the file I transfer them? I'd like to send some pic's after signing up. But I'm not confident I can do the proper computer steps.


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9/18/2004 5:35:20 PM

 
Kerry Drager
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  Hi again Carl: Good question! When you sign up for a Member Gallery, you'll receive complete instructions - including size requirements - for uploading your photos.

BetterPhoto's image uploader, for example, involves a series of prompts that guide you through the process of transferring your photos ... from your computer right into cyberspace (i.e., your Member Gallery)!

Hope this helps, Carl. If not, please feel free to follow-up.

Regards,
Kerry Drager
BetterPhoto.com
kerry@betterphoto.com


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9/19/2004 12:36:47 AM

 
Carl Gielow   Kerry,
Thanks for your reply. It makes me feel like I can give it a try. I have one more Question --- Should my pics have a copyright attached to them? Or isn't there a means that anyone could copy them?


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9/22/2004 3:59:38 PM

 
Kerry Drager
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  Hi again Carl: Good question. Following is a rundown!
Kerry


Copyright - Image Protection
By BetterPhoto.com

For Deluxe Site customers, we provide an option where you can turn on or off the JavaScript image protection. This protection disables the user's ability to click their right mouse button (as when they are trying to get to the "Save this Image" command).

Although this on/off option is not available on the Member Galleries, there is some protection: The right-click-disable function is automatic on the larger views. For instance: 1) Right-click on a Member Gallery small photo, and you'll see all the options (including save, e-mail, set as background, etc.); 2) Then left-click on the small photo to blow it up; and 3) Now right-click on the bigger image and you'll see that the right-click-disable function.

However, the nature of the Web makes it practically impossible to truly stop a determined thief. You see, you are publishing the photos by putting them on a Web site. Once they are out there, there is not much you can to do make them unavailable (both to the good people and the bad thieves).

You do have a few options, though. One is the aforementioned JavaScript protection. This deters "casual image thieves" - innocent people who just don't know any better. To stop the die-hard evil thieves in their tracks, you can:

  • Keep your images relatively small. Web display requires much less resolution than print. Therefore, if you keep your images small, the thief at least can't print your images or try to sell them for print production (where most of the money-making occurs in the photography world).

  • Watermark your images. Use Photoshop or another program to put your name and a copyright symbol on your picture.

  • Use special software that digitally marks your images, making them unviewable by anyone without the same special software. But I don't recommend this method if you are interested in sharing or selling your photographs. By using it, you are forcing potential clients and other viewers to install special software. They will rarely do this and, thus, you will immediately lose your audience as well as your potential customers.

    In the United States, you can also register each of your images with the U.S. Copyright Office. This will at least give you a legal leg to stand on, if you ever have to take an image thief to court.


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    9/23/2004 8:58:06 AM

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    Carl Gielow   Kerry,
    That was a clear and informative answer! Thank you. When you say keep the image small, is the 500 x 750 small enough or should it be smaller?


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    9/23/2004 4:50:10 PM

     
    Kerry Drager
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      Hi again Carl: Another good question ... that's up to you. I have my photo lab size the scans of my slides at exactly what BetterPhoto recommends (500 x 750) - and at 72 pixels per inch - and I've been happy with the results!
    Kerry


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    9/23/2004 5:31:57 PM

     
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